COVID Cases Traced to Restaurants, Bars Continues to Drop
Most other activities also saw declines, with one exception. Yet to be determined is the impact of students heading back to school.
While the activity in Allegheny County most associated by contact tracers to COVID-19 cases continues to be bars and restaurants, the numbers continue to decline and are significantly lower than they were in late June and early July. The number of cases associated with parties has also dropped, but that trend may not continue based on the return of college students to campus.
Reports of large parties involving University of Pittsburgh students prompted a blunt warning from Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher in a new-student virtual event Tuesday evening.
“So let me be as honest as I can. If this isn’t for you and you can’t take on this responsibility, then please go home,” he said. “Your actions will only be endangering others, and you are not welcome on our campus.
“You can still take Pitt classes remotely, and we will refund your unused room and board. No judgments,” he said. “If you stay, and then act irresponsibly, there will be consequences.”
Pitt is delaying the start of in-person instruction until mid-September to allow students more time to shelter in place before returning to the classroom.
Taking a closer look at the activities traced back to positive cases of COVID-19 and comparing those numbers to a week ago:
- Bar/Restaurant patron/employee: 40 (down from 49)
- Parties: 18 (down from 45)
- Played sports: 13 (up from 9)
- Retail store employees: 10 (down from 11)
- Gym/fitness center: 8 (down from 19)
- Religious services: 8 (down from 11)
- Weddings/funerals: 4 (down from 15)
- Salon/barber employees: 5 (down from 12)
- Grocery employees: 1 (down from 9)
With the exception of one state, there were decreases in the number of cases traced to those visiting or returning from other parts of the country:
- Maryland: 26 (up from 7)
- South Carolina: 18 (down from 19)
- Ohio: 9 (down from 18)
- North Carolina: 4 (down from 10)
- Georgia: 2 (down from 9)